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Update to Google+ YouTube app lets users make Hangout playlists

June 14, 2012|By Salvador Rodriguez
  • YouTube's Google  app has been updated to let users put together playlists together over Hangouts.
YouTube's Google app has been updated to let users put together playlists… (YouTube )

YouTube and Google+ are starting to look a lot more alike, and now, they will play together more too.

The team behind YouTube announced Thursday afternoon that the service's Google+ app has received an update increasing the amount of things that users can do with YouTube videos inside Google+ hangouts.

The update to the Google+ YouTube app will let users put together playlists of YouTube videos within Google+ Hangouts. Previously, users could only go through YouTube videos one at a time within Hangouts.

The first obvious use for this new tool is crowd-sourcing music playlists. Rather than let a computer choose everything you rock out to like on Pandora or having to choose every last song like on Spotify or Grooveshark, with the new Google+ YouTube app update, you could split the responsibility of choosing songs among your group of friends.

"Start a Hangout, have everyone load the YouTube app at the top of the screen, and start adding videos," said Ullas Gargi, a YouTube software engineer in a blog post. "It’s like your own VIP table at the world’s coolest YouTube party."

The update to the app comes the same day as screenshots emerged of a YouTube front page redesign that is being tested by Google. The look being tested makes YouTube look a lot like Google+, although that doesn't necessarily mean the two are becoming more integrated.

The updated Google+ YouTube app will be available in 60 languages.

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